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Crocodile tears for Ranaghat nun

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In solidarity with Mother Superior from Ranaghat

On Saturday morning – 14 March, 2015 – I was horrified when I received a WhatsApp message from a friend. My faith in humanity was shaken. A 74 year old nun was allegedly gangraped in Nadia district of my state… How beastly can someone’s mentality be to assault a mother! I was moved to tears when next day I read the nun said she forgave the criminals who did it to her. “Forgive them Father, they do not know what they did” said Lord Jesus on the Cross; only someone belonging to the Church could say this for her assaulters.

The incident obviously invited political repercussions across India. BJP, on the backfoot over rising cases of attacks on minorities – specially Christians, was desperate to counter West Bengal government. Without even an iota of evidence, the State President of the party blamed TMC men for the heinous crime. Mamata Di rose to the gravity of the situation, and like a true statesman ordered a CID probe within hours of the incident. She was in constant touch with the Convent while Derek O’Brien was in touch with nuns in Delhi for any assistance.

But the question here is not scoring political brownie points. I would not even be writing this post had the shameless Opposition of Bengal used students as shield to embarrass the CM during her return from Ranaghat on Monday night (this after the Church prevented BJP delegation from meeting the survivor in hospital). BJP’s Sangh affiliate VHP justified the rape and attack on Christians, used abusive analogy with homosexuality to glorify the criminals.

If you open newspapers these days, they all scream about incidents of assault and attack on women. Has the situation in Bengal worsened in the last three years? Or is the media lying? Neither. It is a case of selective reportage. The same media houses which wore a veil when women were violated before 2011 has suddenly found its voice of outrage. The earlier government hardly allowed any dissent to surface; they were quashed locally in party offices. This is the digital age; we live in a free society now – The present government has nothing to hide.

1) No justice has been delivered on the Marijhanpi case in 1977, when thousands of refugee women were brutally raped, murdered and thrown away on the sea by harmads.

2) Remember Bantala, 1990? When Anita Dewan was raped, torch inserted in her private parts by CPM goons, and the Chief Minister Jyoti Basu said, ‘these things happen’.

3) In 1989, Cooch Behar at Fulbari on one single day, 10 Adivasis were raped by CPM harmads and yet no justice to them.

4) The CPM harmads entered Basanti Sonakhali and raped housewives. (1992)

5) Felani Basak, raped and murdered by CPM goons at Nadia in 1992, and no justice to her.

6) At Uday Narayanpur, Howrah, six housewives were raped by CPM goons in 1996. No justice has been delivered.

7) On the infamous Dhantala incident, males in the bus were tired up and CPM goons raped the females in front of them in 2003. And yes, no justice on this too.

8) Has justice being delivered to the brave martyr of Singur, Tapasi Malik, who was raped and murdered in 2006 at the TATA Nano complex, just because she fought for the right for her land?

9) Women who were inhumanly raped by the CPM harmads at Nandigram in 2007 still await justice.

10) Very recently, a 5 year old baby was raped by BJP workers inside the BJP office at Behala. Did Rahul Sinha, Suryakanta Mishra, Adhir Chowdhury ever speak on this issue?

11) One of the Ministers of BJP’s cabinet, Mr Nihal Chand is a rape accused and according to official police record he is absconding. Yet, he continues to attend Parliament and his Ministerial post.

12) BJP is a party, whose MP sat on stage silently while his follower asked the crow to rape the corpses of Muslim women.

13) BJP is the party whose Shakha Sangathans in Sangh Parivar dictate how many kids women should produce.

14) Have we forgotten Bilkis Bano? Have the horror stories of 2002 escaped our minds? The Prime Minister (the CM of Gujarat)’s ministers Babu Bajrangi & Maya Kodnani are out on bail. Have we forgiven them for their heinous crimes?

With such long history of inaction of CPM and the sick mentality of BJP, does it suit them to shed crocodile tears?

 

Modi’s draconian Land Ordinance – Corporate ka saath, Khaas logon ka Vikas

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The Singur Nano site – Image courtesy: Yahoo.com

As the world was bidding adieu to 2014, the NDA Government headed by the 56-inch chest Prime Minister passed an Ordinance that sought to make amendments to the Land Acquisition Act. Originally promulgated by the British in 1894, the Land Acquisition Act came under heavy criticism during the famous Singur agitation by Mamata Banerjee. Using this regressive law, the comrades in Bengal rained atrocities on innocent farmers; NDA’s schemes look no different.

The Land Ordinance has been designed to rob farmers of their land, forcibly take away from poor peasants their only means of livelihood so that the government of Adani and Ambani can rain sops on the corporate world. The debate on the urgency for promulgating an Ordinance aside, the amendments made by Modi Government have rung the death knell for Indian farmers (notwithstanding the fact that only last month, 13 farmers committed suicide in Vidarbha).

Land grabbing without democratic consent is now openly promoted by the Union Government, following a legacy worse than the British. The shameless government has also done away with the provision for social survey. Like a carrot before the donkey, the Finance Minister added a postscript about compensation, more as an afterthought. When it comes to fulfilling promises, we have all seen the track record of U-turn Sarkar in the last seven months.

The biggest worry with this Ordinance is that the Finance Ministry has completely bypassed the Rural Development Ministry in its urge to appease the corporate honchos who sponsored BJP’s multi-billion campaign blitzkrieg. It is not surprising that the President himself questioned the urgency of the Ordinance, before he was forced to sign it.

The Modi Sarkar talks of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas but its actions show otherwise. They seem to be guided by the motto “Corporate ka saath, Khaas logon ka Vikas”.

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